F. Muell. ex Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:672 (1867).
Synonymy: S. odoratus Hornem. var. petiolatus Sonder, Linnaea 25:526 (1853).
Common name: (Pale) groundsel.
Erect perennial shrub, 80-120cm high, little-branched below the inflorescence, new growth often from the base, all but the oldest parts sparsely to densely pubescent; leaves simple, coriaceous; petiole stout, 1-3 cm long; blade broad- to ovate-lanceolate, 6-15 x 1.5-4 cm, denticulate or briefly biserrate, densely white-tomentose beneath, cobwebby above.
Inflorescence a congested corymbose panicle of numerous capitula; peduncles 2-5 mm long; involucre 4.5-6 x 2-3 mm; bracts 7-10; calyculus of 2-4 linear bracteoles; florets 11-14, exserted 3-4 mm beyond the involucre at anthesis.
Achenes red- or dark-brown, subcylindrical, 2 x 0.6 mm, hairs short, appressed, in narrow grooves.
In understorey of dry sclerophyll forests on clay or clay loam soils of rocky hillsides or in cracks of rocky outcrops, locally abundant along roadsides or after fire.
S.Aust.: MU, SL, SE. Vic.
Flowering time: Oct. — Jan.
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